Arif Bhanji, Zain Manji & Khalil Mangalji: Heard of mechanics who make housecalls? It’s just 1 business thriving in Toronto’s startup boom | CBC News

Startups taking advantage of the ‘on demand economy’ in Toronto

Zain Manji: Heard of mechanics who make housecalls? It's just 1 business thriving in Toronto's startup boom | CBC NewsChanging car tires to gear up for the winter is a well-worn chore every year for many Canadians.

Trying to track down an auto mechanic for the service on a cold, snowy day can be a tough task — but that scenario is what kick started Arif Bhanji‘s burgeoning business.

Fiix founders Khalil Mangali, far left, Zain Manji, centre, and Arif Bhanji believe auto repair shops will be obsolete in five years. (Fiix)
Fiix founders Khalil Mangali, far left, Zain Manji, centre, and Arif Bhanji believe auto repair shops will be obsolete in five years. (Fiix)

“I caught myself in a situation where there was a three-week backlog to get my tires changed and I couldn’t drive on the road without them,” Bhanji explained.

The Markham native decided to skip a visit to the garage and instead hired a mechanic off Kijiji to have his car tires changed on his home driveway. Neighbours noticed and within a week, the independent mechanic was hired for more than 100 service calls.

Bhanji and his business partners, Zain Manji and Khalil Mangalji, knew then that there was a market for mechanics who make house calls.

They created Fiix, a startup business that sends a mechanic to a customer’s door within hours of a booking.

More at the source: Toronto’s startup boom – Toronto – CBC News

 

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